ARC - Organisation

The Aging Research Center is a division within the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS). Although physically and administratively located at KI, the support from Stockholm University is significant for all our activities and forms a valuable basis for achieving stability and continuity in our work.

ARC's organisation consists of the Operational Leadership Team, the Strategic Leadership Team, the Administration Group, two Junior representatives and the External Advisory Board.

Operational Leadership Team

The Operational Leadership Team meets every three weeks and deals with everyday decision-making and information sharing.

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Carin Lennartsson

Director and Deputy Head of Division
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Chengxuan Qiu

Assistant Division Head (specific responsibility for strategic research questions)
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Cecilia Annerholm

Economy coordinator
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Maria Wahlberg

Safety representative

Strategic Leadership Team/Research group leaders

The Strategic Leadership Team consists of the research group leaders at ARC. The team meets every three weeks and share responsibility for major strategic discussions and decisions.

There are currently ten research groups within the division, categorised into three scientific areas: Medical Epidemiology, Psychology and Social Gerontology.

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Neda Agahi

Principal Researcher
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Serhiy Dekhtyar

Principal Researcher
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Erika Jonsson Laukka

Chair, Senior lecturer
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Chengxuan Qiu

Senior lecturer
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Debora Rizzuto

Principal Researcher
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Davide Liborio Vetrano

Assistant Professor
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Weili Xu


Administration group

The administration at ARC supports management, staff and affiliates in the day-to-day work.

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Cecilia Annerholm

Economy coordinator
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Andreas Eklund

HR administrator
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Ellinor Lind

HR adminstrator (on parental leave)
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Maria Yohuang


Communication (external consultant)

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Charlotte Brandt

Communications Officer

Junior representatives

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Mariam Kirvalidze

PhD representative
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Javier Oltra

Postdoc representative

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board gathers approximately three times a year to discuss ARC's scientific, economic and organisational development as well as collaboration with the surrounding society.

  • Hugo Westerlund, Professor of Epidemiology at the Stress Research Institute, Department of Psychology and Director of the national REWHARD infrastructure consortium at Stockholm University (new Chair).
  • Maria Ankarcrona, Head of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) and Professor of Experimental Neurogeriatrics, Karolinska Institutet (KI-representative)
  • Martin Annetorp, Community Health Manager, Stockholm County's healthcare area
  • Bo Burström, Professor/senior physician, Department of Public Global Health (GPH), Karolinska Institutet
  • Maria Eriksdotter, Professor of Geriatrics at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet (new member)
  • Susanne Rolfner Suvanto, Manager/co-owner, Omvårdnadsinstitutet (the Nursing Institute)
  • Maria Stanfors, Deputy Dean, Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), Professor Department of Economic History and Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University
  • Petra Ulmanen, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, Stockholm University (new member)
  • Ulrika Winblad, Professor of Health Services Research at the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University (new member)

Adjunct member

  • Carin Lennartsson, Director/Deputy Head of ARC, Senior lecturer

Contact and visit us

General enquiries


Where to find us

Postal address

Aging Research Center, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Karolinska Instituet
SE-171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address

Tomtebodavägen 18 A, Widerström Building, floors 9 and 10
SE-171 65 Solna

Widerströmska, Tomtbodavägen 18a, Solna